I don’t think I could ever return south to live, but I do miss the English canal network. I can empathise with this quote from an Italian enthusiast in one of the ‘anorak’ magazines that I sometimes buy.
Francesca Morini: “I usually start walking along the canal carrying the weight of my slightly dull existence on my shoulders and end up with a head full of dreams”.
For those who don’t know, the title of this post comes from the following exchange between Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart in The African Queen:
Charlie Allnut: You know what would have happened if we would have come up against one of them rocks?
Rose Sayer: But we didn’t. I must say I’m filled with admiration for your skill, Mr. Allnut. Do you suppose I’ll try practice steering a bit that someday I might try? I can hardly wait… Now that I’ve had a taste of it. I don’t wonder you love boating, Mr. Allnut.